Samuel Eto’o has been accused of being a disruptive presence in the dressing room by his former Anzhi Makhachkala teammate Roberto Carlos, the
Carlos, who admitted that he likes Eto’o as a person, having known the Cameroonian since he was a 16-year-old at Real Madrid, added that after dealing with him in more of a managerial position at Anzhi, he saw a different side of the striker’s character, accusing Eto’o of interfering in issues that were not part of his job description. “There’s a part of him that thinks ‘I, and not the group’, which is really damaging,” said Carlos.
“When a footballer, instead of playing, is interested in signing players who are his friends… it’s confusing and strange. He did everything at Anzhi, except play football.
“I came to the club and in my first year we finished in the top five. We managed to professionalise the team. In the second year, we signed Eto’o and I had control of the team – I organised the players and worked with the coach. I put Anzhi among the best,” Carlos continued.
“With the arrival of Eto’o, with the values of everyone involved, I had some little problems in the dressing room and had to talk to the Russian players and explain why Eto’o was there.”
Carlos added that Eto’o began to interfere in his work in an attempt to control the club and undermined his position, as well as that of the Coach, Guus Hiddink. Carlos claimed Eto’o would pass instructions to the other players that contradicted what Carlos and Hiddink had told him, to the point where Carlos felt he had to leave Anzhi as he could not work with Eto’o any more.
“That stressed me out and I warned that I would pack my bags and go,” Carlos revealed. “No one believed me because I had a four-year contract. But then I called Anzhi and came to an agreement.”
Eto’o is in line to make his Chelsea debut this weekend as the Premier League resumes following the international break. Jose Mourinho’s Blues travel to Goodison Park to meet Everton in a Saturday evening fixture.
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